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George Jones Monument Unveiled At Cemetery

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Nancy Jones, widow of country music star George Jones, listens as the Jones Boys band plays as she sits at the memorial unveiled at the late singer's grave on Monday, Nov. 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) Nancy Jones, widow of country music star George Jones, listens as the Jones Boys band plays as she sits at the memorial unveiled at the late singer's grave on Monday, Nov. 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A large monument honoring the late country singer George Jones has been unveiled at his Nashville grave site and his widow has announced a college scholarship in his name.

Fans of the singer who died in April at the age of 81 crowded about the cemetery site on Monday to see the memorial unveiled with his wife and other relatives present.

The monument features a large arch with his best known song title, "He Stopped Loving Her Today," inscribed in the stone under his name.

It also features images of Jones and his widow, Nancy Jones, a guitar and his nickname, "The Possum." Two benches are placed on either side of his grave for visiting fans.

"All of his fans are really hardcore country music fans," his widow said. "I think they deserve to come out and see something just a little different. They can sit on the bench and see their idol."

Nancy Jones told reporters that the singer began the design for the monument years ago, but it wasn't complete when he died.

She also said that she would be starting a scholarship at Middle Tennessee State University.

"This, I think, will really help to do the kids get their education. And I think George will smile down on that one," Jones said.

The scholarship program will assist students in MTSU's recording industry program. The university's president said the Jones' efforts are greatly needed.

"It's going to be very important. Over 70% are first generation college students, and about 80% work 40 to 60 hours a week," explained MTSU President Sidney McPhee. "It's a great honor to have this association with the world's greatest artist."

Nancy Jones also announced an addition to the "Playin Possum! The Final NO SHOW All-Star Tribute" at Bridgestone Arena. She is making sure everyone will be able to see the show on the plaza.

"We're going to have the big, huge screens out there. So all they have to do is come downtown. You are still going to get to see, and hear, the show. So you are not going to be left out. That is what George would want, so that is exactly what I am doing.

The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Friday night in downtown Nashville.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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